Wedding Anniversary Gifts by Year

Want to buy the perfect gift for your friends and family?

Don’t worry, we have you covered. We have imaginative gift ideas for every anniversary, from the first to the fiftieth. After the 50th Anniversary, we have specific ideas for every 5th year and great ideas for the other years that are not themed directly. You are sure to find something they will love.

For lots of the years, you have a choice of traditional or modern gifts. If you want to go with the traditional gift, give your loved one a gift based on the anniversary theme shown for the year. It is the perfect way to symbolise your love for them.

1st-10th Wedding Anniversary

First Paper Clocks
First year
Second Cotton China
Second year
Third China Leather
Third year
Fourth Fruit Flowers, Electrical Appliances
Fourth year
Fifth Wood Silverware
Fifth year
Sixth Sugar Wood
Sixth year
Seventh Copper, Desk Set
Seventh year
Eighth Bronze, Linen or Lace
Eighth year
Ninth Willow Leather
Ninth year
Tenth Tin, Diamond Jewellery
Tenth year

11th~20th Anniversary Gifts

Eleventh Steel, Fashion Jewellery
Eleventh year
Twelfth Silk, Coloured Gems
Twelfth year
Thirteenth Lace, Textiles or Furs
Thirteenth year
Fourteenth Ivory, Gold Jewellery
Fourteenth year
15th Crystal, Gold Jewellery
Fifteenth year
16th Gold Jewellery
Sixteenth year
17th Furniture
Seventeenth year
Eighteenth Porcelain
Eighteenth year
19th Bronze
Nineteenth year
20th China, Platinum
Twentieth year

21st~30th Anniversary Gifts

25th Silver
Twenty-Fifth year
30th Pearl, Diamond Jewellery
Thirtieth year

31st~40th Anniversary Gifts


41st~50th Anniversary Gifts

50th Gold
Golden Wedding

Wedding Anniversary Gift Themes

For each anniversary, we give you not only the theme or material recommended but also gift suggestions you can use. Furthermore we have some appealing anniversary date ideas if you need some inspiration. Since budgets and gift-giving traditions vary, we’ve suggested both inexpensive gestures and some exuberant ideas. A number of these ideas could work for more than one anniversary year, so if you need extra inspiration, read other suggestions for similar years.

After 50th Anniversary Presents


Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts

When it comes to wedding anniversaries, there is a range of traditional gifts that couples can give each other. These gifts are typically based on the number of years that the couple has been married, with different items assigned to each anniversary.

Interestingly, the origins of these traditional gifts are not entirely clear. Some say that they developed over time, while others claim that they were originally based on the Victorian era. Regardless of their origins, these traditional gifts provide a guide for couples who want to give something special to their spouse on their wedding anniversary.

There are also modern alternatives to traditional anniversary gifts. For example, instead of buying a traditional gift for the 5th anniversary, a couple could choose to go on a trip together. This flexibility means that couples can choose the gift that best suits their needs and interests.

At the end of the day, traditional or modern, the most important thing is that the gift is meaningful to the couple. So whether you decide to stick with traditional gifts or explore some of the more modern themes, make sure that the gift you choose is something that your spouse will appreciate.

Gemstone and appropriate flowers lists.

Gemstone Wedding Anniversary Gift list and Symbols

This anniversary list was issued by the American Gem Trade Association, we have yet to confirm when. It complements the Birthstone list which associates a precious stone against the month when you were born.

This list associates a precious metal or gemstone with wedding anniversaries up to the 25th and then every 5th year up to the 75th. The list converges with the traditional and modern lists on major anniversaries such as 25th (Silver) and 50th (Gold)

Flower Anniversary Gifts list and Symbols

We’re not sure who issued this list, the references we have to it do not have a source quoted thus we assume it was issued by a Florist guild or similar.

The earliest reference to this list we have found is in the early 1960s This list associates flowers with each anniversary year up to the 15th and then every 5th year up to the 50th. It’s a hard list to follow as some of the flowers listed are seasonal and as your anniversary falls in a specific season every year then some of the flowers would not be available for some of the years.